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Penguin chick joins flock at Kansas City Zoo

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The first king penguin chick hatched at the Kansas City Zoo is now on public display. (Kansas City Zoo) The first king penguin chick hatched at the Kansas City Zoo is now on public display. (Kansas City Zoo)
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -

The first king penguin chick hatched at the Kansas City Zoo is now on public display.

The chick was named Louie after a vote on social media. He joined the rest of the flock Tuesday at Helzberg Penguin Plaza.

The Kansas City Star reports that Louie will be in a "penguin playpen" on the other side of a glass that offers close-up views for visitors. He still has his gray chick fur. He will eventually grow as tall as a yardstick. Kings are the second largest penguins, after emperors.

Louie was hatched Nov. 8 from a surplus egg provided by the Saint Louis Zoo. He was hand-raised by zoo staff.

His gender was determined by a blood test.

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